"Men, why are you doing this? We too are only men, human like you." (Acts, 14:15)
The cries of Paul and Barnabe to this day resound amidst the faithful students.
The Christian family quite often has desired to perpetuate the illusion of the inhabitants of Lystra.
The missionaries of the Revelation do not possess privileges regarding the services they have to accomplish. The achievements that we could bring to mind as grace or special prerogatives only express a most profound effort on their part to learn and to put the teachings into practice, together with Jesus.
Christ did not found a Doctrine involving gods and devotees, individually separated. He created a vigorous system of spiritual transformation for the supreme good, destined to all hearts thirsting for light, love and truth.
In the Gospel we perceive Magdalene dragging painful deceptions, Paul, pursuing ideals of salvation, Peter, denying the Divine Friend, Mark, battling in his own hesitations; but, even at that point, we contemplate the daughter of Magdala renewed and pursuing a redeeming path, the great persecutor converted into a messenger of the Glad Tidings, the fragile disciple being conducted to the spiritual glory, and the hesitant companion transformed into an evangelist for the entire human race.
Christianity is the blessed fountain for the restoration of the soul for God.
The error committed by many apprentices stems from the idolatry in which they become involved around the valiant exponent of living faith, who accept in the sacrifice the true formula for spiritual evolvement; they imagine them in fanciful thrones bowing at their feet, feeling confused, inept, and miserable, overlooking the fact that the Father concedes the required energy for a successful victory to all His children.
Logically, we should all pay respect to and love the great representatives of the Christian path; on the other hand, we cannot forget that Paul and Peter, as were many others, originated from the human weaknesses toward the celestial gifts, and, that the terrestrial Planet is a school of illumination, power, and triumph, any time that we seek to understand its great mission.
XAVIER, Francisco Cândido. Our Daily Bread. By the Spirit Emmanuel. Spititist Alliance for Books, 2003. Chapter 33.